The aftermath of BP oil spill: mutant seafood

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Signs of the impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp – and scientists and fishermen point fingers towards BP’s oil as being the cause.

Two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen are finding deformed fish and mutant shrimp in their seafood catch…

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‘Spillionaires’ – BP Oil Spill Payouts Create New Rich

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Thomas Gonzales is one of the only Delacroix fishermen who refused to work for BP.

Instead of economic ruin in the Gulf Coast, the oil spill has brought in a gusher of money.  The many people who cashed in on the oil spill have earned nicknames: “spillionaires” or BP rich.”   But there were some people who wound up getting little of the money.

 

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Was the Environmental Disaster Caused by BP’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Over-Hyped?

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21.

The environmental damage caused by BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have been grossly exaggerated, a growing body of experts is suggesting. In a bold move, scientists have dismissed the torrent of grim predictions from President Obama and environmentalists as ‘hype’ with no data to back it up.

 

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BP to Rebrand Gas Stations Across US – to Amoco?

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The BP Snowjob Continues

You probably haven’t seen many Amoco gas stations on the side of the road for a while. That’s because BP merged with the ‘American Oil Co.’ in the 90s, the British company’s logo and namesake took over. As a result, all Amoco stations were converted to BP stations, leaving Amoco stations nowhere to be found. But that could change very soon — in a major rebranding effort launched to sidestep the bad reputation that’s sprouted from having caused the biggest environmental catastrophe in US history, BP is considering renaming all of its stateside gas stations ‘Amoco’ — or something else…

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A New View Of BP Photoshopped Photos

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(©BP p.l.c) Before boat deck/After boat deck

Some public relations photos recently released by BP, supposed to show the world that they are actively working on the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, were so obviously and poorly Photoshopped that Wired Science put out a call to show them how it’s done right. The call did not go unanswered…

 

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BP Launches Effort To Restrict Publication Of Scientific Research On Disaster

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BP’s actions make a wonderful argument for revisiting corporate rights in this country.

Climate Progress reports that scientists from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M “have ‘signed contracts with BP to work on their behalf in the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process’ that determines how much ecological damage the Gulf of Mexico region is suffering from BP’s toxic black tide…

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Mystery Surrounds the Deaths of a Majority of Animals in the Gulf

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Determining what’s killing all of the animals in the Gulf – a majority show no sign of oil contamination

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle lay belly-up on the metal autopsy table, as pallid as split-pea soup but for the bright orange X spray-painted on its shell, proof that it had been counted as part of the Gulf of Mexico’s continuing “unusual mortality event.”

 

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BP Offshore Oil Strike, the Board Game

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The board game of impending doom?

In 1970, BP collaborated with boardgame maker PrintBox of Scotland to come up with a game that is eerily prescient of the Gulf incident. The game BP Offshore Oil Strike didn’t catch on, and thus became somewhat of a collector’s item. BLDGBLOG got its hands on one:

With this “exciting board game for all the family,” released in 1970, BP delivered all “the thrills of drilling, the hazards and rewards as you bring in your own…” Bring in your own “Offshore Petro-Dollars,” that is…

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Will Dolphins and Whales Be Able to Adapt to the Oily Gulf?

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NASA satellite image shows oil reaching Alabama beaches and the Florida panhandle.

The dead sperm whale found this week in the Gulf of Mexico puts the spotlight on how the BP oil spill will affect this endangered mammal, along with other cetaceans, such as dolphins, that must break the oil-slicked surface to breathe.

 

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